Conversations with C. S. Lewis: Imaginative Discussions About Life, Christianity and God

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So begins an imaginative journey in which the literature professor mysteriously appears in Thomas Clerk's hospital room. "Call me Jack," Lewis says as he invites Clerk to step into a wardrobe. From there the two embark on a remarkable voyage through Lewis's life. They experience pivotal events from Lewis's childhood and meet many of his real and imaginary friends, visiting the Kilns with his brother, Warnie, and spending time in Oxford with fellow writers and Inklings members J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles ...
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So begins an imaginative journey in which the literature professor mysteriously appears in Thomas Clerk's hospital room. "Call me Jack," Lewis says as he invites Clerk to step into a wardrobe. From there the two embark on a remarkable voyage through Lewis's life. They experience pivotal events from Lewis's childhood and meet many of his real and imaginary friends, visiting the Kilns with his brother, Warnie, and spending time in Oxford with fellow writers and Inklings members J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. They also sit with Lewis's dying wife, Joy Davidman, and they even enter the world of Narnia.

Along the way, Lewis challenges Clerk's thinking about the existence of God, the truth of Christianity, the problem of pain and suffering, the nature of love, and much more. Are human beings a cosmic accident? Can we have morality without God? Was Jesus just a guru? Can we really believe in heaven and hell? Tom and Jack discuss these and many other questions, and they invite you to eavesdrop on their conversations. Prepare yourself for some of the most invigorating discussions you may ever experience this side of heaven.

About the Author:
Robert Velarde is the author of The Heart of Narnia (NavPress). He and his family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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What People Are Saying

Jim Ware
"Ever the engaging and warm-hearted scholar, author Robert Velarde manages to instruct us in the details of Lewis's life and thought while also keeping us thoroughly entertained. A delightful journey in the company of the most congenial of companions."
Jim Ware, author, God of the Fairy Tale and Finding God in The Hobbit, and coauthor, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings, Finding God in the Land of Narnia and Shedding Light on His Dark Materials
Alex McFarland
"Robert Velarde brings amazingly fresh creativity to this work based on the writings of C. S. Lewis. Velarde exhibits extensive knowledge of Lewis's canon and brings fresh insights about his work. Whether one is a veteran reader or is new to Lewis, Robert Velarde's Conversations with C. S. Lewis will stoke a fire of interest in the works of this beloved author."
Alex McFarland, president, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Douglas Groothuis
"Robert Velarde has pulled off a rare and wonderful feat: a book that is at once enjoyable, edifying, erudite and apologetically engaging. Bravo!"
Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy, Denver Seminary
Will Vaus
"C. S. Lewis, imagining what the resurrection might be like, once wrote to his fictitious correspondent Malcolm, 'I can now communicate to you the fields of my boyhood--they are building-estates to-day--only imperfectly, by words. Perhaps the day is coming when I can take you for a walk through them' (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Letter XXII). In Conversations with C. S. Lewis, Robert Velarde takes us on just such an imaginative journey with C. S. Lewis, not only to the fields of Lewis's boyhood, but throughout the major scenes of Lewis's unparalleled life. What C. S. Lewis fan hasn't longed, and dreamed of what it would be like, to actually sit down with Lewis and ask him questions about his life and thought? With this book Velarde momentarily quenches a thirst which most Lewis fans thought only a heavenly Lewisian conversation would ever satisfy.
However, that is not all. Conversations with C. S. Lewis is a creative apologetic unequaled since Peter Kreeft's Between Heaven and Hell was first published. This is a book eminently suitable for passing on to one's atheist, agnostic and seeking friends. If one wants to become acquainted with the basic outline of Lewis's life and thought or if one desires to explore in an entertaining fashion the greatest philosophical and theological questions of all time, reading Conversations with C. S. Lewis by Robert Velarde is an excellent place to start. However, let the reader beware: once you pick up this book and begin to read you won't want to put it down until you have walked with C. S. Lewis to the surprising end of this fascinating journey."
Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis
Peter Kreeft
"An engaging and imaginative fantasy journey through C. S. Lewis's life and thought that nicely blends two very different kinds of story lines: biographical vignettes and theological arguments. The result is a kind of mix of The Great Divorce, It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. This book should be made into a movie."
Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston College, and author of C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium and Between Heaven and Hell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834839
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Velarde is a writer and editor for Sonlight Curriculum. He is the author of The Heart of Narnia (NavPress, 2008), Inside the Screwtape Letters (Baker, forthcoming), The Power of Family Prayer (National Day of Prayer, 1999), The Lion, the Witch and the Bible (NavPress, 2005) and Examining Alternative Medicine (InterVarsity Press, 2001). A former editor for Focus on the Family, he received his M.A. in Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
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Table of Contents


Surprised   C. S. Lewis     9
We Visit Jack's Childhood Home     17
Atheism and a Man I Can Relate To     27
Evil in the Trenches     42
Can Ideas Destroy Humanity?     57
Conversion on a Motorbike     72
A Mere Christian on the Air     83
Friends at the Pub     101
Mrs. Lewis and the Meaning of Grief     114
Devil in the Gray Town     125
Narnia and the World of Imagination     133
Immortality, Hell and the Great Story     147
Epilogue     158
Where Does Lewis Say That?     161
Who's Who?     168
Bibliography     173
Acknowledgments     178
Name Index     181
Subject Index     183
About the Author     187
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